Since July 1, 2013, the day we opened Bitwise Mural District, we’ve expanded three key areas of the Central Valley’s tech scene: education, place, and industry. Like a line of dominos, each of these three areas has been essential to knocking over the next, causing a chain reaction in the technology industry.
Geekwise Academy has equipped thousands of students of all ages with real-world technology skills while building on-ramps for those traditionally left out of the tech industry. Through this accelerated training program, 4,000+ people have developed apps, started companies, and created technology to solve worldwide challenges.
We’ve developed and leased hundreds of thousands of square feet of long-forgotten space in downtown Fresno. More than 100,000 square feet and Fresno’s first rooftop conference center is currently underway, inching us closer to a technology campus to house hundreds of companies and thousands of new tech jobs in Fresno. Here, Fortune 500, local startup, and everything in between geek out side by side.
Our custom-software company, Shift3 Technologies, hires the very best out of Geekwise Academy, proving it’s possible to build stellar technology and top-notch companies in unexpected places, using that diverse army of nontraditional talent.
In each Bitwise venue, in each underdog city, these efforts produce a dynamic and inclusive tech industry. As growth spills out of Bitwise to neighboring developments, it impacts every facet of each of those cities, empowering its residents to improve their own lives and, in the process, transform the place they call home.